FDA says amoxicillin given to children is in short supply
With RSV and flu season in full swing, pediatricians and families across the country are expressing concern about the difficulty in accessing the common pharmaceuticals needed at this time of year.
“After you have a population, a generation of kids who grew up wearing masks and during lockdown, they really don’t have an immune system and they just catch every cold that exists,” Dr. Diane Hes told FOX Business Madison. Alworth on Monday. . “So when they need amoxicillin to treat an ear infection and they don’t have it, it’s very frustrating because we have to choose something stronger.”
Given that there have been so many product shortages in the United States over the past year or more, there is another shortage that American parents should be aware of: amoxicillin, antibiotic used to treat many bacterial infections.
According to the health information website Verywellhealth.com, amoxicillin is commonly prescribed to treat childhood infections.
On October 28, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added amoxicillin to its list of drugs currently out of stock, according to its website. The shortage announcement comes because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also reports an upward trend in the respiratory virus (RSV) positive tests and detections nationwide.
“This is a major concern,” Fox News medical officer Dr. Janette Nesheivat said in an appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend.” “I use these antibiotics all the time, amoxicillin, augmentin for my little pediatric patients. We use them to treat bacterial infections such as streptococcus, sinusitis, ear infections, and even pneumonia for some of my patients.”
Dr. Mark SealFox News medical officer and NYU Langone professor of medicine also warned of a “bigger problem” in treating colds and flu this year on Fox News Live over the weekend.
“I think, and many other experts believe, that infants were not exposed to RSV earlier in the past two years as usual,” said Dr. Siegel, “because they were wearing masks or because they were distancing, thanks to all the mitigation strategies that were used. COVID has reduced exposure to viruses.”
According to Dr. Nesheyvat, the problem of antibiotic shortages is twofold: a lack of raw materials for the production of medicines, coupled with unnecessary prescriptions. She noted that 25% of prescriptions filled each year are considered “junk.”
“We have to pay attention to the fact that China controls about 90% of the world supply of these raw materials that we need to produce these antibiotics. Thus, they sort of monopolize the industry,” Dr. Nesheyvat explained. “And that’s something we really need to look at and maybe one day become independent of drugs, just like we should become independent of oil and energy.”
The American Society of Health System Pharmacists, which also maintains a list of drugs in short supply, added various forms of amoxicillin to its list on Oct. 31, according to the group’s website.
Unlike the FDA, which included powder-only amoxicillin on its shortage list, the American Society of Health System Pharmacists has also reported that amoxicillin capsules, tablets, and liquid forms are in short supply.
While most people recover from RSV within a week or two, the CDC reports that very small babies and the elderly are at risk for complications.
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Dr. Siegel urged parents to monitor their toddlers for respiratory symptoms, isolate sick children and continue to disinfect surfaces, and stressed the importance of annual flu shot.
“You can stop RSV and the flu by wiping down surfaces. So get back to washing your hands and wiping surfaces,” Dr. Siegel said. “I’ve always loved the flu shot… and this year it looks like the flu shot really fits the strain that’s coming out. And the strain that we’re seeing is affecting young children, the very old, and people with chronic diseases. … So we forgot about the flu for a while, but you can definitely protect against the flu with a flu shot.”
Christine Roussel of Fox News contributed to this report.
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